Hong Kong: 36 killed in boat accident

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 02, 2012 14:56 hrs

At least 36 people were killed and several others were injured when two passengers boats collided off Hong Kong late Monday night, offcials said on Tuesday.

The collision took place near Lamma Island.

One of the passenger boats was carrying above 120 passengers to a fireworks display in Hong Kong harbour. It sank after the collision.

"The other vessel had around 100 people on board," Radio Television Hong Kong reported.

It was slightly damaged in the crash but returned safely to port, it reported.

Several passengers who were travelling in the boat were treated for minor injuries.

"As at 7.45am today (October 2), 28 were certified dead at scene while eight others were certified dead upon arrival of hospitals. Over 100 people were sent to five hospitals during the incident, nine of them have sustained serious injuries or are in critical condition," read a Hong Kong government statement.

"Rescue action will continue as Fire Services Department cannot rule out that there are still people inside the vessel or missing," it said.

"Those who suspected that their relatives are missing in the incident can call the Police enquiry hotline 1878 999," the statement said.

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